There are some things I love about the Droid Eris:
- I love the web browser. Extremely similar to the iPod Touch. Double click to resize. Realistic looking websites. Yeah!
- I love the 7 screen Sense user interface. It's great to have a screen that shows my whole calendar, another that just has a Twitter screen, etc.
- I love that it's on Verizon. The reason I didn't get an iPhone is simple - it's on AT&T. One month when we were on Alltel (which was bought by Verizon), we had a 1000 shared minute plan. We were charged for 92 minutes in the month. But we actually talked on the phones for over 1100 minutes. Do the math - all of our friends are on the same network and it's not AT&T.
- Your contacts are synced with Facebook or Flickr, including profile pics. A necessity, no, but dang cool.
- The 5 megapixel camera works great. I love how great of pictures it's takes. You never know how much you've missed until you have it.
- Being a phone with a Google operating system, it obviously works great with a Google account. Having the Google sync on my PC let's me sync my Outlook calendar. While I can pay a higher data fee with Verizon to get my Outlook email sent to my phone, I'm working on a way around that :)
- A touch screen keyboard. While it can be a little slow to react, I'd much rather have the touch screen than the slide out.
However, there are some things I dislike:
- The battery. With Twitter and Facebook apps, the more they refresh the more the battery drains. Generally, I have to charge it once a day. While reading reviews, this was the biggest issue that everyone mentioned.
- Android apps. Why am I disappointed by Android apps? Because I have an iPod Touch. There is no comparison. Android's basic apps are fine (Twitter, Facebook), but I play EA Sports games on my iPod. There is nothing like that in the Android Store.
- The sync software. I thought we were past this...but the software is PC only. On one hand, I get it. It may not be worth their time. But wouldn't it be an olive branch to Mac users? I'm working on syncing with Parallels, but am running into a to-be-determined issue. You can mount the Eris to your Mac via USB and drag pics, etc., to and from your phone, but it's not a sync.
- Browser speed. Once again, it's not an iPod Touch. It could be something to do with wifi vs. phone network, but I don't have a top tier home network.
All in all, I'm satisfied with the Droid Eris. I think I've been spoiled with my iPod Touch, so maybe some of my criticisms are a little harsh. The biggest thing I wish they'd upgrade is the battery. Maybe I'd be smarter to just plug it in while driving...but I don't want to. HTC has said they are going to upgrade to the new Android 2.0 operating system in 2010 (including turn-by-turn Google Maps directions!), so I'm excited for that. The Droid Eris is a top 10 smartphone, and I think it's the perfect phone for my situation.
Here is a review from Mobile Tech Review